AWI Affiliated Members

Affiliation Process

In order be become an affiliated member with the Alabama Water Institute, you have to complete the AWI registration process. The handout below explains what is necessary to complete the registration process. The link below will guide you the the online registration form.

How to Get Affiliated with the Alabama Water Institute

Registration Form


Currently Affiliated Faculty

Name Title Institution/Department/College Key words
Ahmad Ijaz Executive Director Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), Culverhouse College of Business economic analysis, economic impact, economic forecasting, state data center, demographic and socio-economic analysis
Aijun Song Assistant Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering acoustic signal processing, ocean acoustics, environmental sensing
Ali Ahmadalipour Postdoctoral Research Associate Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Hydrology, Climate Change, Drought, Remote Sensing
Amanda Koh Assistant Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering Material interfaces, surfactants, functional foams, soft robotics, stretchable electronics
Asma Hatoum-Aslan Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences/College of Arts & Sciences bacteria, biocontaminant, phage, “genetic engineering”
Bennett Bearden Associate Research Professor Geography/Arts & Sciences Water Policy
Water Law
Water Policy and Legal Analysis
Public Policy Development
Water Diplomacy
Transboundary Water Conflict
Interstate and Instrastate “water wars”
Food-Energy-Water Nexus
Water Quality and Quantity
Science-Policy-Law Interfaces
International Water Law and Policy
Mekong River
Southeast Asia
Governmental Affairs
Bharat Mehra EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice and Professor School of Library and Information Studies, College of Communication and Information Sciences Diversity & Inclusion, Intercultural Communication, Social Justice in Library & Information Science, Environmental Justice, Critical & Cross-Cultural Studies, Community Engagement, Community Informatics, Rural Libraries, Human Information Behaviors of Underserved Populations, Action Research, Qualitative Methods.
Bingqing Lu PhD Student Geological Sciences Hydrogeology
Brad Bates Geospatial Developer Lynker Technologies / NOAA hydroinformatics, inundation, national water model, geospatial, developer, national water center, nwc, noaa, insurance, geography, water
Brenna Sweetman Social Scientist National Water Center social science, coastal management
Brittany Gilmer Associate Professor Criminology and Criminal Justice/Arts & Sciences Maritime crime, piracy, IUU fishing, seafarers, criminal justice reform, security, East Africa
Carla L Atkinson Assistant Professor Biological Sciences ecological stoichiometry, stream ecology, climate change, conservation biology, mussels, amphibians, aquatic insects
Christina Staudhammer Professor Biological Sciences Statistical modeling, ecological models, urban forest dynamics, eddy covariance data
Chuntian Wang Assistant Professor Mathematics Partial differential equations; partial differential equations; fluid mechanics; agent based model
Cindy Tekobbe Assistant Professor English feminisms, rhetoric, culture, memory, environmentalism, indigenous, native american
David Keellings Assistant Professor Geography/Arts and Sciences Climate, Extremes, Drought, Precipitation
David Munoz PhD student Civil, Construction and Environment Engineering remote sensing, hydrodynamic models, flood inundation mapping, coastal hydrology, riverine and estuarine interactions
Dingwen Tao Assistant Professor Computer Science High-performance computing (HPC), simulation, big data analytics, scientific computing, hydrology
Dinuke Munasinghe PhD Student Geography River Deltas; Global scale sediment modeling, Floods, Remote Sensing
Drew Taylor Assistant Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering radar, digital systems, fpga, embedded systems
Elizabeth Wynn Natural Resource Specialist Geological Survey of Alabama human dimensions
Evan K. Wujcik Assistant Professor Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Advanced Nanomaterials; Nanosensors; Polymers; Nanofibers; Electrospinning
Feng Yan Assistant Professor Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Photovoltaics, Photoelectrochemical, thin film electronics
Fred Andrus Professor and Chair Geological Sciences Paleoclimatology, Stable isotope geochemistry, sclerochronology
Gibran Mancus Assistant Professor Capstone College of Nursing Resilience, ecosystem based adaptation, green space, violence,
Glenn Tootle Associate Professor Civil Engineering Paleohydrology
Greg Guthrie Geologist III Geological Survey of Alabama geology, hydrology, fractured, karst, aquifers, modeling, GIS, wastewater
Grey Nearing Assistant Professor Arts & Sciences Modeling
Data Assimilation
Machine Learning
Uncertainty Quantification
Bayesian Statistics
Information Theory
Hai-Dang Nguyen Assistant Professor Mathematics/A&S Applied Probability, Stochastic Processes, Optimal Control, Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Biology.
Hamed Moftakhari Assistant Professor Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Coastal Hydrology; Multi-hazard Risk Analysis and Modeling; Estuarine Hydrodynamics; Flood Risk Management; Sea Level Rise Impacts; Coastal Food-Energy-Water Nexus
Hamid Moradkhani Alton N Scott Endowed Chain in Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Hydrologic Data Assimilation and Ensemble Inference, Remote Sensing, Uncertainty and Risk Analysis, Drought Monitoring and Forecasting, Flood Forecasting and Inundation Modeling, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation,  Food, Energy, Water Nexus, Water Resources Management
Heath Turner Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering molecular simulations; Monte Carlo; molecular dynamics; adsorption; porous materials; fuel cells; membranes; polymers; ionic liquids; computational catalysis; thermodynamics; parallel computing
Hee Lee Assistant Dean for Research Social Work Behavioral Health
Community-Based Participatory Research
Dissemination and Implementation Research
Health Disparities
Health Information Technology
Immigration Health Care
Mental Health
Rural Health
Environmental factors (water quality) associated with cancer health disparities
Hongxing Liu Professor Geography/A&S Remote sensing, fresh water resources, water quality, snow and ice, hydrology, coastal zone
Jacob Chakareski Assistant Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering remote sensing, UAV networks, image processing
James Cochran Associate Dean for Research Culverhouse College of Business floods, inference, optimization, integer programming, linear models
James Mixson Associate Professor History/A&S Middle Ages
Jeff Lozier Associate Professor Biological Sciences bumble bees, pollinators, mussels, biodiversity, population genetics
Jeffrey Carver Professor Computer Science/Engineering empirical software engineering; research software; computational science; software process; software quality
Jennifer Howeth Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences Landscape ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, invasion biology, spatial ecology, conservation biology, limnology, ponds, lakes, wetlands, plankton, fish, turtles, food webs, disturbance, succession, species diversity
Johanna Engstrom Postdoctoral Research Associate Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering GIS, water resources, renewable energies, hydroclimatology, climate services
John Abbott Director, Research & Collections UA Museums Odonata, Freshwater, Entomology, Systematics, Ecology, Insects
Jonghun Kam Assistant Professor Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering drought, dam, climate change
Joshua Millwood PhD Student Biological Sciences mussel, aquatic, invertebrate, climate change
Kevin Kocot Assistant Professor Biological Sciences / Arts and Sciences Invertebrate, Biodiversity, Systematics, Phylogenetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, eDNA
Kimberly Stowers Assistant Professor Management / Culverhouse College of Business human computer interaction, technology, leadership, performance
Leigh Terry Assistant Professor Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering/ College of Engineering Drinking water treatment, environmental engineering, biological filtration, source water,
Lisa Davis Associate Professor Geography/Arts & Sciences geomorphology, sediment, floods
Marco Bonizzoni Associate Professor Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry chemical analysis, pattern recognition, fingerprinting, salt water, optical methods
Mark Elliott Associate Professor Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering water quality, wastewater, drinking water
Matthew Hudnall Assistant Professor Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science / College of Business Data analytics, systems development, data security, cyber security, GIS
Matthew Jenny Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences/College of Arts & Sciences Functional genomics
Environmental and ecological toxicology
Climate change
Matthew S. VanDyke Assistant Professor Department of Advertising and Public Relations, College of Communication and Information Sciences Environmental Communication; Science Communication; Risk Communication; Public Relations; Message Testing; Public Engagement; Water; Climate Change
Matthew Therrell Professor Geography/ College of Arts & Sciences tree rings, dendrochronology, paleoclimate, drought, flooding, archaeology
Matthias Kaminski Assistant Professor Physics Hydrodynamics, Theoretical Physics, Numerical Models
Michael Price Professor Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies/Culverhouse College of Business behavioral economics, field experiments, water and energy conservation, technology adoption
Milad R. Esfahani Assistant Professor Chemical & Biological Engineering Functionalized membrane separations for sustainable water and energy production;
Water purification and desalination;
Nanomaterials environmental safety;
Min Xu Graduate research assistant Geography/College of Arts & Sciences Remote sensing, inland water quality, harmful algal blooms
Mojdeh Rasoulzadeh Assistant Professor Mathematics Groundwater flow modeling, karst aquifers, highly heterogeneous porous media, vuggy fractured porous media
Mukesh Kumar Associate Professor Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Hydrology, Water Resources, Ecohydrology, Snow Hydrology, Hydrologic Modeling, Hydrodynamic Modeling, GIS.
Mustafa Morsy Associate Professor Biology, University of West Alabama plant-fungal interaction, crop productivity, mycoviruses,
Natasha Dimova associate professor Geological Sciences coastal hydrogeology, sediment transport, nitrogen cycle, groundwater, surface water, radioisotopes
Nicholas Magliocca Assistant Professor Geography land-use change, agent-based modeling, coupled natural-human systems
Nick Tew State Geologist and Research Professor Dept. of Geological Sciences, Geological Survey of Alabama Sedimentary basin analysis, stratigraphy and sedimentology, groundwater hydrogeology, geoscientific input into water policy development, petroleum
Nishani Moragoda Graduate Student Geography Climate change, sediment flux dynamics, global scale modeling
Prabhakar Clement Professor Civil/environmental/ Engineering Groundwater, hydrology, oil spill, environmental engineering, bioremediation, numerical modeling, MODFLOW, reactive transport, water treatment, wastewater treatment
Qiang Huang Assistant Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering Electrochemistry, Electrochemical Engineering, Materials Science, Sensor
Ransome Eke Assistant Professor Health Sciences Epidemiology, research design, data analysis and study implementation
Rebecca Totten Minzoni Assistant Professor Geological Sciences sea level, glaciers, Antarctica, storms, floods, eutrophication, diatoms, foraminifera, sedimentology, geochemistry, Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay, Weeks Bay
Riley Lovejoy PhD Student Biological Sciences Invasion, Ecology, Community, Zooplankton, Phytoplankton
Rob Morgan Professor Marketing Commercialization
Robert Batson Professor Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Applied Statistics, Applied Probability, Linear and Integer Programming; Economic Analysis
Robin Rogers Research Professor Arts & Sciences Separations, metal ions, water quality, mining the ocean
Rona J. Donahoe Professor Geological Sciences/A&S Geochemistry, Trace Elements, Water Quality, Contamination, Remediation, Soils, Sediments, Clays, Iron Oxyhydroxides, Zeolites, Emerging Contaminants, Carbon Sequestration
Ruigang Wang Associate Professor Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering/College of Engineering materials chemistry; electron microscopy; catalyst; water purification; energy storage and conversion materials; ceramics.
Ryan Earley Associate Professor Biological Sciences/A&S fish, mangrove, crater lakes, behavior, pollutants
Ryan Summers Assistant Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering Metabolic Engineering, Synthetic Biology, Biocatalysis, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology
Sagy Cohen Associate Professor Geography River, Modeling, Remote Sensing
Samit Roy Professor AEM/COE desalination
Scott Parrott Assistant Professor Journalism & Creative Media media, news, journalism, science communication, health communication
Scott Spear Research Engineer AIME ionic liquids, cellulose, polymer composites, polypyrrole
Semih Olcmen Professor AEM/COE fluid mechanics
Stephen Ritchie Associate Professor Chemical & Biological Engineering membrane; functionalized materials; adsorption; catalysis; separations
Steven Weinman Assistant Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering/Engineering Surface chemistry; Surface Patterning; Water treatment; Membrane fouling
Travis Atkison Assistant Professor Computer Science Cyber Security; Control System Security; Transportation Infrastructure Security; Water Systems Security; Software Assurance; Software Engineering; Digital Forensics; Network Security; Threat Avoidance; Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Information Retrieval
Tyler Hodges Assistant Professor Biological Sciences Applied and environmental microbiology Microbial biomolecules Marine Microbiology Bio-based molecules in polymeric materials and coatings Ecology and applications of bacteriophage
Wanyun Shao Assistant Professor Geography/Arts and Sciences voluntary flood insurance purchase behavior, support for flood mitigation, perceptions of floods, attitudes towards climate change and extreme weather
Yang Liu PhD Student Geography Remote Sensing, GIS, Water, Kalman Filter.
Yuehan Lu Associate Professor Geological Sciences Biogeochemistry; Organic Geochemistry; Hydrology
Zhe Jiang Assistant Professor Computer Science / College of Engineering Data Science, Spatial Data Mining, Spatiotemporal Data Mining,